Welcome to Fort Gratiot Township, Michigan!

*ABSENTEE VOTING INFO FOR AUGUST 2 PRIMARY*

Absentee ballots can only be issued after we receive an application for AV voting. Being on the permanent AV list means that prior to every election, you will automatically be mailed an application to vote AV – you will never be automatically sent a ballot without having returned the application first, for every individual election. If you wish to vote AV, complete the application and return it to our office as soon as possible. If you receive an application but wish to vote in person, do not complete the application and then show up to your polling place on election day to vote.

Unvoted ballots can only be given directly to the voter or sent by first class mail to the registered voters address. The USPS will not forward AV applications or ballots. For example, if you bring to our office your application and one for your child/spouse/friend who is not present, we can only give you your ballot and have to mail the other, or hold it here until it can be picked up by the voter. However, anyone can return the voted ballots. Ballots can be returned to us in person, by mail (must use 2 stamps) or put in our secure drop box on the front of our building at anytime after office hours and on weekends.

*AV ballots must be returned by the close of the polls on election day. (Polls are open from 7AM-8PM) However, we ask that you return them at your earliest convenience.

*AV ballots can be issued until Monday, August 1 at 4PM. The voter must appear in person and has to vote here. The clerks office will also be open on Saturday, July 30 from 10AM-2PM for absentee voting.

If you have any questions, contact the clerks office at (810) 385-4489.

We have 9,181 registered voters and our clerks office has issued 924 absentee ballots already. We are at over a 10% turnout, and we are still 4 days until election day!

Rock the vote, Fort Gratiot!

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At our regular Board of Trustees meeting held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Sheriff Tim Donnellon delivered a presentation about the upcoming millage proposal for the Drug Task Force. It was a very informative presentation and we are thankful to the Sheriff for sharing the information, and to the DTF for all they do. Below is a link to the presentation documents.  The proposal will be on the August 2 ballot.

Click here to view/download the the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office DTF Millage Presentation

Click here to view/download the DTF Informational Pamphlet 2016

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On May 27, 2016, employees Wally Roe, Liz Austin, Dave Jewell and Shelly Lynch, and Shelly’s daughter, Megan, placed 562 American Flags on the graves of Veterans buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens. If you happen by the cemetery, take a peek…it’s impressive. The dedication of those who served being honored by the service of our employees is one of the things that make Fort Gratiot a great community, and is a major source of pride.

Thank you, Wally, Liz, Dave, Shelly and Megan!

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. -Mark Twain
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FORT GRATIOT CELEBRATES 150 YEARS IN 2016! HAPPY SESQUICENTENNIAL!

With nature preserves, trails, ponds, bike paths, parks, beaches, and recreation areas, Fort Gratiot has plenty for people to enjoy all four seasons. Fort Gratiot Township is also home to the largest commercial corridor in St. Clair County. Fort Gratiot Township Has It All…Small Town Charm With Big City Opportunities!

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Spring Newsletter 2016_Page_1 Spring Newsletter 2016_Page_2 Click here to download the 2016 Spring Newsletter

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Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Annually, items may be placed on grave sites 3 days before and must be removed no later than 10 days after Memorial Day. No grave blankets are permitted.

For 2016, the dates are Friday, May 27th through and including Thursday, June 9th.

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WEEKLY RECYCLING BEGAN JANUARY 5TH & 6TH, 2016!
Our services in 2015 cost $151.21 and included weekly trash, biweekly recycling and seasonal (April-November) yard waste pickup. The Township Board set the 2016 assessment at $150 and beginning January 5th and 6th, 2016, recycling is now picked up weekly.

As a reminder, clear bags should not be used for trash. Also, only clear glass can be recycled. If you place your trash in your driveway, looking at your house from the road, please place your trash on the left side of your driveway and your recycling on the right. All materials should be out by 7AM because routes can be adjusted due to weather and personnel and your truck may come at a different time than normal. Please make sure that your bags can be seen if they are not in a container; snow can conceal the white bags with a minimal amount of snowfall.

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Have you checked out the 2016 Summer Recreation Program Brochure? Visit the Port Huron City Recreation Website to check out all of the class offerings for kids and adults. Through a cooperative agreement between the City of Port Huron of Fort Gratiot Charter Township, Fort Gratiot residents are eligible for the Port Huron resident rates (listed as “Resident Fee” in program guides) for all programs and events.

Online registration is also available!

Click here to sign up for text alerts from the City of Port Huron Recreation Department.

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Burning permits are required and are issued on an annual (January 1 – December 31) basis. Please contact the fire department at (810) 385-5666 for more information.

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Fort Gratiot won $25,000 from PetSafe to build a dog park! Thanks for barking!

Fort Gratiot is 1 of 16 finalists nationwide in a contest that saw over 1,000 communities nominated in the PetSafe Bark For Your Park competition, and is the ONLY community in Michigan!

The proposeddog park location is on a parcel we already own that was generously donated to us by the McIntyre Family. The park was initially going to include soccer fields, but due to wetlands on the 29 acre site, the design was too difficult and would only be able to accommodate 2 fields that would be separated by wetlands. The property is situated between Parker Road and the Kettlewell Pond, south of the Fort Gratiot Pond (Scarecrow Saturday park) and is adjacent to the bike path. We are planning to have a section open in late spring, early summer, 2016.

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